Author: Jessica Brody
Listening Length: 8 hours and 36 minutes
Program Type: Audiobook
Publisher: Audible Studios
Audible.com Release Date: January 27, 2015
Rating: 3 stars
When Freedom Airlines flight 121 went down over the Pacific Ocean, no one ever expected to find survivors. Which is why the sixteen-year-old girl discovered floating among the wreckage—alive—is making headlines across the globe.
Even more strange is that her body is miraculously unharmed and she has no memories of boarding the plane. She has no memories of her life before the crash. She has no memories period. No one knows how she survived. No one knows why she wasn’t on the passenger manifest. And no one can explain why her DNA and fingerprints can’t be found in a single database in the world.
Crippled by a world she doesn’t know, plagued by abilities she doesn’t understand, and haunted by a looming threat she can’t remember, Seraphina struggles to piece together her forgotten past and discover who she really is. But with every clue only comes more questions. And she’s running out of time to answer them.
Her only hope is a strangely alluring boy who claims to know her from before the crash. Who claims they were in love. But can she really trust him? And will he be able to protect her from the people who have been making her forget?
From popular young adult author Jessica Brody, Unremembered is the start of a compelling and suspenseful new sci-fi series, set in a world where science knows no boundaries, memories are manipulated, and true love can never be forgotten.
First I like to thank Esther over a audible for giving me a copy of Unremembered by Jessica Brody in exchange for a honest review.
Okay now that I got that out of the way, I must tell you this is my first time listening to an audio-book. It’s not something that I prefer but I gave it a shot. Will I try it again? Maybe. But I still love the feel and smell of a book as I’m reading. Overall, I enjoyed listening to Unremembered. The narrator did a great job because the story wasn’t that great.
Unremembered, is one of those stories that is well thought out with the intention of being a great book but it just wasn’t executed well. This book begins with Violet (the name she is given until her memory is recovered) who is the only survivor of a fatal plane crash. She remembers nothing, not even her name. So I thought this would be the point of the story. Trying to figure out why Violet was the only one to survivors in a crash that should have killed her. And pretty much Violet getting her memory back.
Sadly, that wasn’t the case. The first half of the book was good but by the second half I was partially listening to the rest of the story because it was boring and stupid and it turned from a sci-fi work of art into a romance. I really hate when authors or publishers label a book one thing but in fact it turns something else. If I wanted to listen to romance I would have asked for it. Instead I was duped. Which I hate.
After the excitement and mystery worn off the rest of the book was consumed by the romance between Zen and Seraphina (yes that’s her name once her memory starts to come back). My goodness I wanted to slap Zen because he was only concerned with Seraphina getting her memory back of him. Not who she was and where she came from or other more important things. Nope just of him.
Speaking of which. The whole mystery wasn’t all that much of a mystery. I pretty much figured it out in the early stages of the story. If you pay close attention you too can figure it out. Nothing special and neither is Seraphina. Or the unmemorable ending.
The only reason I stuck with this story was because of the narrator. She brought the story alive and kept it interesting when I would have stopped so long ago.
To sum it up Unremembered is nothing more than a romance wrapped under the genre of sci-fi. So if romance is your thing than I highly recommend this book for you. But if you’re looking for sci-fi, I would hop, skip and jump this.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jessica Brody knew from a young age that she wanted to be a writer. She started self “publishing” her own books when she was seven years old, binding the pages together with cardboard, wallpaper samples and electrical tape.
After graduating from Smith College in 2001 where she double majored in Economics and French and minored in Japanese, Jessica later went on to work for MGM Studios as a Manager of Acquisitions and Business Development. In May of 2005, Jessica quit her job to follow her dream of becoming a published author.
In four short years, Jessica has sold nine novels (two adult novels to St. Martin’s Press and seven young adult novels to Farrar, Straus, Giroux.) The Fidelity Files, her debut, released in stores (in real binding) in June of 2008 and the follow-up, Love Under Cover in November 2009. The Karma Club, Jessica’s debut young adult novel released in April of 2010 and her second YA release, My Life Undecided hit bookstores in June 2011.
52 Reasons to Hate My Father (which was recently optioned for film) just recently released in July 2012 and Unremembered, (also optioned for film), the first book in a new teen sci-fi series, will be released in March 2013.
Jessica’s books are published and translated in over fifteen foreign countries including the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Indonesia, Russia, Brazil, Portugal, Poland, Bulgaria, Israel, and Taiwan.
Jessica now works full time as a writer and producer. She currently splits her time between Los Angeles and Colorado.